This can be very concerning as a parent. You have no idea whether the findings are important or not. Answers would be nice!
So, what do you do next? If you have health insurance or a Community Services Card then you can see a children’s eye specialist as the cost is covered, or should you just go to the optometrist store in the mall?
Here is the insider’s guide for a parent who gets a “6/9” letter from the Vision Hearing testing service run by your local hospital:
We have invested in $200,000 worth of child-friendly, cutting-edge eye technology. We make sure that the level of detail provided by our screening test is outstanding – enough for our specialist team to make an accurate assessment simply by checking the test results.
If our screening test is normal then it means just that – your child does not need glasses and has no significant eye problem.
Each test is reviewed and reported by our screening team, led by a Paediatric Ophthalmologist (Eye surgeon). A report is sent to your GP and emailed to you.
A 4 year old who is retested by the B4 school team and still “fails” due to a 6/9 result can have a free assessment at our practice.
If they failed outright, and you were offered an appointment in the public hospital eye department we are still very happy to see you, but as the problem will possibly be more complex these children will be charged $28 for a screening test (the School vision test). We’ll clarify all this on the day you come.